Acne, Healing Foods

Skin is made up of: Protein, Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin C and Zinc. So it stands to reason that daily nutritional intake should be planned and followed so that skin remains healthy. Follow this link for Home remedy for acne topical treatment

This article reviews:

  1. Understanding the structure of skin
  2. What behaviors to monitor
  3.  Foods to reduce and eliminate
  4. Active ingredients important to skin care pharmaceuticals
  5. Which foods to include in a dietary intake

The  integumentary system comprises of: Skin, Hair, Nails and various Glands. The largest organ of the body is skin, having two layers, the epidermis and the dermis.

The Epidermis is the outer layer of skin that is visually seen and is made up of dead skin cells.  Caution is often given to scrubbing and facials, as to not negatively effect the epidermis, in which these dead skin cells monitor protection to the body from pathogens i.e. bacteria and virus, toxins, injury and water.

The Dermis is new skin, that is a deeper and thicker layer housing: blood vessels, sweat and oil secreting glands, nerve endings and hair follicles.

The appearance of skin, hair and nails are important to understanding the health of the individual, or any present deficiencies. Dry skin means that the body is dehydrated and needs water.

Research has shown that the presence of Acne is associated with, but not limited to: Anger and StressNutritional Intake, overproduction of Androgens and Type 2 Diabetes. PCOS  is acne commonly found in overweight women, who are told to follow a diabetic diet, obstaining from trans fat, saturated fat and to consume a diet with OMEGA 3.

Skin creams sold over the counter or are prescribed to heal acne contain vitamin A and zinc. Vitamin D is also critical to a skin’s health, but needs to come through nutrition and activated by the sun.

In many studies, the common link to reducing, or eliminating acne lesions are Nutrition Related and reduction of acne is evident within one week to 3 months.

  1. Eliminate trans fats
  2. Reduce, or eliminate for a period of time saturated fats: Butter, cream, ice cream, cheese, pork, salami, ham, sausage, red meat, cookies, chips, white breads, sugar, chocolate candy, carbonated drinks and processed grains

Introduce into your dietProtein, Vitamin A and C, Zinc, Omega 3. This can be easily done by preparing meals made up of:  multi-grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts and fish for omega 3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Additionally, following a Low Glycemic Index Diet, according to research, is just as critical.

The following foods contain minerals and vitamins that are needed for flushing excess sodium, toxins and metals out of muscles and organs.

  • Protein, Vitamin B: oatmeal, multi-grain breads, egg, skim or 1% milk, lean red meat, chicken
  • Zinc: Wheat germ sprinkled onto salads and soups, pumpkin and sesame seeds, red meat, lamb,liver, oysters, peanuts, cocoa powder, watermelon
  • Omega 3 for reducing inflammation of skin: 4-6 oz or 112-168g of Fish / Salmon. walnut, almonds and flaxseed 2 tbsp.
  • Green Tea contains ployphenols and flavenols which are two antioxidants that promote cellular DNA and membrane structure, ( Great for Acne!). 
  • The listed fruits vegetables have the highest Vitamin A (RE value).

Foods high in Vitamin A (RE)

Vitamin A Fruits:  Apricots fresh or dried, Avocado, Cherries, Guava, Grapefruit, Oranges, Cantaloupe melon, Mango, Plantain, Pomegranate, Watermelon

  • Vitamin A Vegetables: Raw, or cooked, for no more than 7 minutes. Carrots, Broccoli, Dandelion Greens (chard) Mustard Greens, Cooked frozen vegetables no salt, Turnip, Squash, Spinach, Pumpkin, Tomato Sauce, Peas, Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Lastly, drink water 6-8 times a day and for an extra benefit of expelling excess sodium, toxins and metals out of muscles and organs, drink lemon water (1/2 lemon with it’s contents squeezed into glass of water  twice a day).
A home remedy to heal acne: Combine in a bowl 1/2 tsp water, 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/8 tsp salt. With a cotton ball gently dab a small amount of paste onto acne and allow skin to absorb ingredients overnight. In the morning, gently cleanse to remove and refresh skin.

Servings Defined:

  • Fruits and Vegetables 1/2 cup = 1 Serving
  • Fats/ Oils 1 tbsp = 1 Serving
  • Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry 4 oz = 1 Serving
  • Glass of Milk or Water 8 oz =1 Serving

Recommended Daily Nutritional Intake

3 servings (use sparingly) fats, oils, sweets
2 servings (6 – 9 ounces) meat/protein
2 servings dairy
4 servings fruit
5 servings vegetables
4-6 servings bread/starch

Thank You to Pubmed for making available the research needed for this article.
By: K. Crocker-Scardicchio

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5 Steps to “Cleanse” & Improve Lifestyle

Cleansing, Purifying, Renewal.  All good words that make us feel positive about making a change in our lives, words that tie us to a commitment to do better while paying attention to nutritional intake.

“Must foods” to add to any new meal plan

  • Colorful
  • Consumed multiple times throughout the day
  • Contain fiber and water

Carbon that hydrates the body, otherwise known as Carbohydrates. Improve dietary intake by loading up on fruits and vegetables that will contribute to renewed health.

Red Vegetables to reduce risk of prostate cancer.

Vegetables and fruits that are red in color contain lycopenes, (fiber, Vitamin C, quercatin, ellagic acid, hesperidin) all which actively protect the colon from prostrate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, slow tumor growth, rid free radicals from the body and in some cases protect joints from arthritis.

Red, Blue & Purple foods to keep stroke and brain disease at bay.

Fruits that are: red, blue, or purple contain some of the same key players as the red foods have and are called anthocyanins. Their value protects the brain, improves memory and immune system, reduces LDL cholestrol, are anitcarinogens and protect the digestive tract, assist calcium and mineral absorption across the digestive tract, reduce inflammation and cancer cells.

Foods orange and yellow in color improve vision and skin

Orange and Yellow Fruits are known as carotenoids, high in Vitamin C (citrus fruits) & Vitamin A, potassium. Cleansing of organs from sodium, promote alkaline balance and vision, reduces LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of macular degeneration, promote collagen formation and has magnesium and calcium to improve bone.

Green Veggies for folate to improve brain, skin and liver

Green Vegetables are filled with chlorophyll, calcium, folate, Vitamin B.
Important for a healthy liver, skin, and colon, reduces risk of cancer,improves retinal health reducing risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and birth defects.

White foods boost immune system

 

 

White foods contain: anthoxanthins, allicin, beta carotene, lignans all improve immunity activating B & T-cells, balance hormone levels, lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation.

Cleansing and detoxifying are ideas and terms not encouraged by dietitians. Often times fads are spun off of an idea or word without realizing the negative effects on the body and organs such as loss of lean muscle, lack of nutrients for strengthening bone and muscle. The stomach is not reduced in the long run and upon food introduction, the lipid cells expand more easily. Lastly, no new habits or practices have formed to consciously eat with intent nor cook with a purpose.

When adopting a new dietary lifestyle, follow these 5 tips to success and notice the proper cleansing and renewal of health that your body is longing to experience:

  • Eat 4 fruits
  • 5 vegetables  a day
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water/tea
  • Reduce salt intake by 1/2
  • Walk 30 = minutes each day.
By:  Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio
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